Kitchen More Than $150,000

by Kyle Clapham


Jackson Design and Remodeling
San Diego, Calif.


Photos: Jackson Design and Remodeling

Project location: Poway, Calif.
Square footage before: 150
Square footage after: 227
Project cost: $185,000

Intended for a retired couple who plan to pass the home to their daughter someday, the kitchen balances cabin-like warmth with crisp, modern design. The original home was dark and confined with 8-foot ceilings and outdated elements, and the kitchen had been closed off from the rest of the house. The daughter wanted a kitchen inspired by the future that her parents could use today.

Repositioning the front door and kitchen, removing walls, rearranging windows and raising the ceilings produced a dramatically more open and appealing space. The kitchen now emphasizes clean lines and an artfully designed layout that experiments with volume, texture and color. An L-shaped island and innovative herb garden provide an abundance of storage and counter space.


Refrigerator: Sub-Zero
Oven: Wolf
Microwave: Wolf
Cooktop: Fisher & Paykel
Hood: Zephyr
Sink: Kohler
Faucet: Kohler
Soap dispenser: Mirabelle
Island lighting: Spirit
Dining lighting: Exos
Flooring: Monarch Plank Hardwood
Cabinetry: DeWils
Hardware: Top Knobs
Countertops: Tutto Marmo; Cosentino
Paint: Sherwin-Williams


Next Stage Design + Build
San Jose, Calif.


Photos: Scott DuBois, Next Stage Design

Designer: Corina Ramirez
Project location: San Jose, Calif.
Square footage before: 135
Square footage after: 156
Project cost: $232,720

This home’s active family of four enjoys entertaining in their home. They purchased the 1975 suburban ranch after renting it for years. The family loved everything about the home except for its lack of space for hosting large gatherings. The ultimate goals were to expand the kitchen space and make it the social center of the home; create a cohesive industrial-modern aesthetic; and improve the flow between the home’s social spaces.

The existing kitchen was a narrow, dead-end room, making it a challenge for more than one person to work in the space, let alone interact with guests while cooking. The existing dining room was a rarely used, awkward space that had little interaction with the kitchen or the entertaining spaces at the back of the home.

In the new floor plan, two of the dining room walls were removed, which doubled the kitchen space. The expanded footprint created space for a 9-foot island, walk-in pantry and a wet bar. Soffits were removed, raising the ceiling heights to be consistent with the rest of the home. A step was created to transition between the elevation change between the living room and the newly expanded space. Removing the dining room created a clear sight line from the front to the back of the home.


Door: Doomerica
Tile: Sbiancato (Sichenia Pave Brick)
Tile: Porcelanosa (Arrow)
Tile: AKDO (Origin)
Flooring: Coretec (LVT, Valor Oak)
Moulding/trim: Qudec Trendline
Lighting: Innovations
Countertop: Daltile (Antiqued Black Mist)
Sinks: Native Trails (Farmhouse Double Bowl)
Faucets: Cal Faucets
Range: Wolf
Exhaust hood: BEST
Oven: Wolf
Refrigerator: Sub-Zero
Freezer: Sub-Zero
Dishwasher: Cove


ONE eleven ltd.
Las Vegas, Nev.


Photos: Chris Wessling

Designer: Eddie Leverett Jr.
Project location: Las Vegas, Nev.
Square footage: 500
Project cost: $159, 532

Dating back to 1993, the era of Soffits and Tube Railing, this space was worthy of a complete transformation and relocation. With an open concept and entertaining at the forefront of the clients’ wish list, it was clear that this kitchen would need to be situated in the complete opposite direction, granting engagement with friends and family. The clients wanted to relocate the kitchen from the inner core of the home to the perimeter and incorporate a hidden pantry with garage access, creating a space that elicits entertaining yet provides opportune family function.

A two-tiered, grandiose island was designed with one edge that cantilevers off at bar height, making it a fitting place for buffet style service and beverages alike. The galley sink with double faucets in matte black is ideal for keeping kitchen prep at bay, and the team chose to place the double ovens side-by-side at counter height for ease of use. The refrigerator and freezer are panel ready with a hidden third-panel opening nestled between that leads to a massive wall to wall pantry with access to and from the garage, making dropping off the groceries convenient. Boldly topping off the design is a countertop-to-ceiling aqua blue mosaic backsplash highlighting the range hood, matte black pot filler and floating shelves.


Cabinetry: Sollid Cabinetry
Accessories/hardware: Berenson
Countertop: Dekton
Sink: The Galley
Faucets: Brizo
Range: Wolf
Exhaust hood: Wolf
Oven: Thermador
Microwave: Thermador
Refrigerator: Sub-Zero
Freezer: Sub-Zero
Dishwasher: Bosch
Backsplash: Topkapi
Flooring: Emser
Lighting: Swell

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